Republicans Send Their Thoughts and Prayers After Texas School Shooting

The school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults on Tuesday has been followed by an outpouring of condolences from politicians across the spectrum, including Republicans.

The shooting has reignited a debate about gun control legislation, questioning how such a tragedy might have happened and why more hasn't been done since the deadliest school shooting in American history ten years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Many are pointing the finger at Republicans supporting the Second Amendment, especially Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who last year passed a controversial bill allowing people to carry a handgun in most public places without carrying a license.

Republicans have joined in the collective mourning for the victims in Uvalde with words of solidarity and condemnation that did not mention gun control legislation.

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Republicans have shared messages of condolences to the families of the victims of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Above, members of the community gather at the City of Uvalde Town Square for a prayer vigil in the wake of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022. Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

Texas Representative Jodey Arrington

"Praying for these families, children, first responders, and the close-knit Texas community," wrote Arrington in a tweet.

Texas Representative Brian Babin

"As the grandfather to several precious elementary schoolers, I'm utterly heartbroken for the families impacted by the tragedy in Uvalde," wrote Babin in a tweet. "Roxanne and I are praying God heals those wounded and for the loved ones of those cruelly taken from us."

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso

"What happened in Uvalde, Texas is absolutely horrific. Only a truly evil individual would go into a school to murder innocent children. Our focus right now must be on the families of the victims, the survivors, and the first responders," Barrasso tweeted.

Texas Representative Kevin Brady

"I'm heartbroken and horrified by the senseless shooting that took 15 innocent lives in Uvalde, Texas," Brady tweeted. "Cathy & I are grieving with and praying for the parents, teachers, staff & all those involved in this unspeakable tragedy. No child or parent should ever have to go through this."

Indiana Senator Mike Braun

"Horrified by the senseless murder of 14 children and a teacher in Texas. My heart is with the parents and the community bearing this unimaginable anguish," Braun tweeted.

Indiana Representative Larry Bucshon

"Today I mourn with those who are grieving the unthinkable loss of students and a teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas," Bucshon tweeted. "This is a senseless act of violence and it is my hope that we will determine why this individual committed such a horrific crime."

Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole

"This evening my heart is heavy for our neighbors to the south in the state of Texas as they grapple with the shock of the despicable act of violence committed against young, innocent lives in Uvalde," wrote Cole on Twitter.

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton

"Anna and I join all Arkansans in praying for the victims and the childrens' families in Uvalde," Cotton tweeted. "And we're grateful for law enforcement and the first responders who are helping in the face of this unimaginable evil."

Texas Senator Ted Cruz

"Today is a dark day. We're all completely sickened and heartbroken. As of now, 15 innocent people are dead. 14 were children. Others are still in critical condition or otherwise injured, and we are all praying for each of them," wrote Cruz on Twitter.

"I'm grateful for the heroes in law enforcement and first responders who responded to the scene and stopped the killer."

Montana Senator Steve Daines

"Today's shooting in Texas was horrible and evil. Cindy and I are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims of this terrible act of violence," wrote Daines on Twitter.

Tennessee Representative Scott DesJarlais

"Amy and I are praying for the victims and the families of those devastated by today's horrific act of violence in Texas," DesJarlais tweeted. "This is a heartbreaking tragedy. Please keep the Uvalde community in your thoughts tonight."

Florida Representative Neal Dunn

"Heartbreaking. Absolutely heartbreaking. So much innocence was snatched away by pure evil. Please join me in praying for the students, teachers, staff, & their families at this time. They're going to need strength & support in the days ahead," Dunn tweeted.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst

"A senseless, horrendous act of evil. My heart is with all those in Texas right now," said Ernst.

Tenneesse Representative Chuck Fleischmann

"Brenda and I are saddened and horrified by the news out of Uvalde, Texas. We are praying for the victims and their families and ask you to join us," Fleischmann tweeted.

Texas Representative Kay Granger

"Heartbreaking news from Uvalde, Texas. This was an act of pure evil. May God be with the children, teachers, and families of Robb Elementary," wrote Granger on Twitter.

Tennessee Representative Mark Green

"Camie and I join Tennesseans in praying for the Uvalde community as we mourn this horrific tragedy," Green tweeted.

Kentucky Representative Brett Guthrie

"Beth and I are heartbroken by the unconscionable shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas," Guthrie tweeted. "I pray for those who lost a child, family member, fellow student, and coworker and for the students and teachers who survived this tragedy."

Tennessee Representative Diana Harshbarger

"What happened today in Texas was demonic and pure evil. Please join me in praying for the innocent lives lost and the families that will have to endure this tragedy forever," wrote Harshbarger on Twitter.

New Mexico Representative Yvette Herrell

"Please join me in praying for the families, schoolchildren, teachers, and first responders of Uvalde," Herrell tweeted.

Louisiana Representative Clay Higgins

"My good Lord, please help these stricken families. May our Savior's strength support them. We are all stunned at the horror. A despicable, sickening act. Evil on a scale that has rarely been seen through the annals of time," tweeted Higgins.

"May the bowels of deepest Hell receive the blackened soul of the man who did this," he said in another tweet about the shooter.

Iowa Representative Ashley Hinson

"This is absolutely heartbreaking. I am praying for the victims, their families, and the entire Uvalde community right now," wrote Hinson on Twitter.

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe

"The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, today is a terrible tragedy. Kay and I are praying for the families and loved ones who are grieving during this difficult time," wrote Inhofe on Twitter.

Tenneessee Representative David Kustoff

"Roberta and I are heartbroken to learn of the shooting at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas," Kustoff tweeted. "We are praying for the victims, their families, and the community. Thank you to all first responders and law enforcement on the scene."

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford

"It is an unspeakable evil what happened in Uvalde, TX today. What would drive a teenager to kill their grandmother and then shoot innocent children? Cindy and I are holding the families in our prayers as they face this ruthless act," wrote Lankford on Twitter.

Arizona Representative Debbie Lesko

"Heartbroken to hear of the events in Uvalde, Texas today. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the injured, and their families," tweeted Lesko.

Kansas Senator Roger Marshall

"Absolutely devastated to hear about the 14 children and 1 teacher who died in Texas today. Our hearts and prayers are with their families during this incredibly difficult time," Marshall tweeted.

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell

"Horrified and heartbroken by reports of the disgusting violence directed at innocent schoolkids in Uvalde, Texas. The entire country is praying for the children, families, teachers, and staff and the first responders on the scene," wrote McConnell on Twitter.

Kansas' Senator Jerry Moran

"Robba and I are heartbroken. This is horrifying news and every parent, teacher or community's nightmare," Moran tweeted. "We join all Americans in mourning the lives of the children and teacher lost to this senseless act of evil."

Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin

"My heart is broken at the news of the tragedy that occurred in Uvalde, Texas today. Please join Christie and me in praying for comfort and healing for the loved ones of the victims and those who were injured. May God be near those who are grieving," wrote Mullin on Twitter.

Alabama Senator Richard Shelby

"The news of the violent loss of 15 innocent lives in Uvalde, Texas, is devastating and unimaginable. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, the children, the school, and the local law enforcement and officials," wrote Shelby on Twitter.

Alabama Senator Coach Tommy Tuberville

"A heartbreaking tragedy in Uvalde, Texas claimed 15 innocent lives," wrote Tuberville on Twitter. "The situation was unimaginable. Please join me in praying for the victims and for the community as they mourn the loss of loved ones."

Arkansas Representative Bruce Westerman

"Heartbroken to see the horrific violence in Uvalde, TX that took the lives of so many children. Join me in praying for their families and the entire community," Westerman tweeted.

Texas Representative Roger Williams

"Heartbreaking news out of South Texas. Praying for the families and the community. We are all mourning their loss," tweeted Williams.